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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 26, 2007 9:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keeping in the tradition

Best? Who's to say? But I'll eschew the rules of the discussion and throw in some honorable mentions:

Mars Hotel: bright sounding energetic stuff: U.S. Blues and Scarlet Begonias; good down-tempo material: China Doll and Ship of Fools; and not one, but two, count 'em, two lead vocals from Mr. Lesh: Pride of Cucamonga and Unbroken Chain, the source of one of their all-time great studio jams.

Blues for Allah: Another outstanding studio jam, a little palindromically-themed number called Slipknot! The songs that bookended it were none too shabby, either. There's no shortage of instrumental material: Sage & Spirit; King Solomon's Marbles/Stronger than Dirt or Milkin' the Turkey. There were a couple of other songs that made their way into legendary status as live material, The Music Never Stopped and Crazy Fingers. And for what it's worth, I love those blues for Allah that come out of those Unusual Occurrences in the Desert.

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Mar 26, 2007 10:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keeping in the tradition

Hey Bryan!

I came onto Blues for Allah in that first year-two when I started turning on to the Dead. Grabbed everything I could find back then (as opposed to current looting practices...lol). For awhile Music Never Stopped seemed out of place on the album. Can't imagine it without now...

Peace.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Mar 26, 2007 11:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keeping in the tradition

i see camels

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Mar 26, 2007 6:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keeping in the tradition

I see dead people

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 27, 2007 3:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keeping in the tradition

Hey Muddy,

Blues for Allah would be one of those "I'll never forget the first time" kinds of things, and I picked up on it just a few months after my first show. When Help On The Way snaked its way out of the speakers while I was looking at that incredible artwork on the cover, I was hooked from minute one.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Mar 27, 2007 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keeping in the tradition

Blues is their best post retirement l.p. They took time during the haitus to produce something worth the studio time it took.

Crazy Fingers!!!!!!!!!!!!